Tag Archives: Draft Riots
The Burning of the Colored Orphan Asylum (Library of Congress)

150 Years Ago: The Irish-American Reports on the New York Draft Riots

150 years ago today the main Irish newspaper of New York, the Irish-American, reported on the Draft Riots that had engulfed the city in previous days. In the weeks and months to follow the largely Irish make-up of the crowd would elicit much discussion and anti-Irish sentiment from many of the city’s newspapers, which the […]

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Colonel O'Brien attacked outside the Drugstore (Harper's Weekly)

Irish Colonels: Henry F. O’Brien, 11th New York Infantry

Over 25 Irishmen served as Colonels in units raised in the State of New York. Many are well-known, having served in ethnic Irish regiments such as those of the Irish Brigade and Corcoran’s Legion. Perhaps one of the least recognisable, and certainly one of the most tragic, is Colonel Henry F. O’Brien. He took over […]

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